If you are a student of theology you will know that this passage has a few main interpretations. Some place the fulfilment in the past and conclude it is speaking of the destruction of Jerusalem and the enthronement of Jesus over His kingdom after His resurrection. Others place the fulfillment as partly in the past and partly in the future. Others see this as entirely future.
However you see this passage, we are all to “be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life” (v.34).
The anxieties of life take our focus off Jesus and puts it on our problems. Anxiety often starts as a trickling stream but becomes a rushing river that pushes God and His power out of our thinking. Mark 4:19 says, “the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.”
We are commanded to keep our thoughts fixed on Him (Col. 3:2; Is. 26:3). We must do this until the rushing river of anxious thoughts in our mind becomes kingdom. We cannot afford to have a thought in our mind that God does not think about our situation.
May your heart not be “weighed down” (v.34). Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness (Matt 6:33). Remember: “The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:5-7).
For reflection: What anxieties of life are overwhelming you today? Take a moment to cast your cares upon God (1 Pt. 5:7). What does God think about your situation? What truth does God want you to hold onto? Allow this truth to fill your mind instead of your anxiety. Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Jesus (2 Cor. 10:5).
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